Al­fonso Toledano

Motor Sport News - - Racing News -

Mex­i­can rac­ing driver Al­fonso ‘Al­fie’ Toledano, best known for rac­ing in FF1600 in Bri­tain in the early 1980s, has died aged 56.

Toledano ar­rived in the UK in 1980 as a 20-year-old and raced a PRS in FF1600, suf­fer­ing sev­eral big ac­ci­dents. But it was the fol­low­ing sea­son that re­ally marked him out as a fresh tal­ent. He joined the works Van Diemen team along­side Ayr­ton Senna and En­rique Man­silla and was of­ten a match for his rapid team-mates. He fin­ished the year third in the Townsend Thore­sen cham­pi­onship.

A move up the sin­gle-seater lad­der proved dif­fi­cult but he spent time in Bri­tish For­mula 3 and both FF2000 and F3 in Ger­many. He later switched to sportscars and con­tested three rounds of the 1990 World Sports Pro­to­type Cham­pi­onship in a Porsche with Team Davey.

Af­ter his re­turn to Mex­ico he raced from time to time un­til 2011 but his main fo­cus be­came or­gan­is­ing and pro­mot­ing sin­gle-seater rac­ing in his home coun­try and tak­ing grids to other Latin Amer­i­can na­tions.

His son, Al­fonso Jr, fol­lowed his fa­ther into rac­ing but a se­ri­ous accident in 2007 left him with ma­jor leg in­juries. He has since re­turned to the sport fol­low­ing a pe­riod of re­cov­ery.

MN sends its con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends in Mex­i­can mo­tor­sport and to those who re­mem­ber this cheer­ful char­ac­ter from his time rac­ing in the UK.

Toledano raced in FF1600

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